Welcome to my "Happy Things" blog. Here I post any new jewelry items I've made
and share some of the 'happy things' I appreciate in daily life.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Perspective, A Crisis Averted & An Update

I'm opening today's post with a quote for today, because I think it RULES and I can't wait until the end to share it!

"When I was in grade school, they told me to write down what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, I told them they didn't understand life."
- Unknown
Art by Daina Deblette Scarola of

I think I love this quote so very much because this was the mentality and perspective that my mother ingrained in us growing up. This quote could have easily been about her! We're generally happy people, and while I think that's somewhat born into our temperament and personality, I also think it's very much influenced by our perspective and heart - which is both conscious and unconscious. As I raise my 2 little guys, I try very hard to find opportunities to say these kinds of things to them, trying to instill this very basic perspective, which becomes such a very, very important part of your life. 

I might have to have this quote made into art and displayed somewhere in my house. LOVE IT!

Okay, onto jewelry. :)  Monday was an exciting day with my sale, as I enjoyed communicating with people about items they were interested in and appreciating how delighted they were to find something special! I had quite a few things to mail out and so after picking both boys up from school, we swung by the post office. I find that these trips are most successful with my 7 and 4 year old, if I plan for the little outing from their perspective. Juice boxes and a small snack (fruit gummies this time - a fav!) for the after-school ride, can go a long way to ensuring our experience waiting in line and completing forms and labels, goes smoothly. 

Czech Glass beads from BeadAndRibbon.etsy.com
(just including them, because they're pretty!)

After taking care of international shipments and a successfully quiet and patient wait for our turn, I was finishing up addressing the postage-paid domestic labels at a little kiosk at the front of the post office. My 7 year old decided to "help out" and was handing me associated labels and packages, when he inadvertently held onto one of the labels in the process as he became distracted with something happening out the window. This resulted in me addressing the wrong label, and almost sending the wrong things to the wrong people. ---And of course, they were one-of-a-kind items, so it's not like I could've just replaced them, if we hadn't caught it. THANK GOODNESS, he noticed and shouted out "Hey! I'm still holding this label!". A small freak out, an "under my breath" stern lecture and a 2nd purchase of that same postage label later, I had collected myself and decided to be glad we had caught it in time to do something about it. And I made a note ... NOTE TO SELF: do all mailing BEFORE picking up the kids from now on! Whew! Crisis averted!

Monday's most popular sale items included the following 2 designs ...

Eclectic Orange & Red Flower bracelet

Caribbean Waters earrings

The sale is still running, if you'd like to browse around!
Thanks for stopping by!

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